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It's been a while since we've had a flashlight thread...a long while..(Doug?..)

So, GD what have you found that is irresistible?

Awesome Chicom stuff?  

US marvels?

Conversions for the old school...maglights...(help, I have old D cell lights I'd hate to throw away..)

 

I know I have found my gems...if it isn't USB rechargeable, it isn't for me...

Steamlight micro USB

I can't say enough good about this little light.  It's the size of a chapstick, but bright as hell. Strap it to your ATC70 and run!   My work EDC.  USB rechargeable. !!  I honestly carry this next to  a full size 9" folder, clipped to my right pocket every day...like its not even there...hat clip too.

Streamlight Polytac

Another USB rechargeable light that will knock your doors off.  If it were 15 years ago you would ride back from Olds with it on the front of your buggy.  5" long.

Coast FL75R rechargeable, or runs on AAA.

What do you need more than a friend handing you beers during a midnight repair?  A head lamp, duh...you only have two hands.

 

And, go!....

 

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I'll bite.

As far as Maglite goes, I tried upgrading mine and found (for me) it's just better to buy a new LED version. I like the heft of the three-cell ML300LX. It's programmable for different light/flash patterns. Duracell's are easier to pick up than the National Enquirer and I replace batteries at least yearly like it's a smoke detector.

https://www.amazon.com/Maglite-ML300LX-3-Cell-Flashlight-Foliage/dp/B00S7W3GDQ/ref=pd_sbs_469_3/144-1264491-9249548?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00UCYDJ02&pd_rd_r=e3b5a2b6-73b4-11e9-a70e-fdfd69152f1b&pd_rd_w=PQeZw&pd_rd_wg=Jupif&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556eae5797d&pf_rd_r=XN3Z8Y76Y16X9JZYV8RY&refRID=XN3Z8Y76Y16X9JZYV8RY&th=1

For a mini light I like the 800-1000 lumen Streamlights. Pricey, but it's cheaper than stepping on a rattlesnake. They've even got a 3500 lumen model.

https://www.amazon.com/ProTac-CR123A-lithium-batteries-lanyard/dp/B079D35ZX8/ref=pd_sbs_469_11?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B079D35ZX8&pd_rd_r=df688606-73b3-11e9-a617-ef95815d54ab&pd_rd_w=Lfgbv&pd_rd_wg=pz9H8&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556eae5797d&pf_rd_r=EZB726YMM5EJFJZM736Z&refRID=EZB726YMM5EJFJZM736Z&th=1

 I sent my in-laws a Streamlight Siege just before Irma. They used it during a two day power outage. We moved them to Arizona last October and the Siege wouldn't light. I sent it back. Streamlight sent me a Super Siege in return. About a $75 upgrade. 1100 lumens. Nice of them.

https://www.streamlight.com/en/products/detail/index/super-siege

 

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I've got one of those streamlight lanterns ^^^.   The slightly larger model.  Its rad.

Last trip out, I set it to red and put on top of my truck. Easily visible from across the dunes without being "bright" in camp.

 

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Id like to get a super bright light, that is recharable or has 18650's (because I have a number of them), that wont break the bank. 

Bob

 

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I use a streamlight poly stinger led for work everyday. 

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40 minutes ago, Bobalos said:

Id like to get a super bright light, that is recharable or has 18650's (because I have a number of them), that wont break the bank. 

Bob

 

https://m.grainger.com/mobile/product/STREAMLIGHT-Tactical-LED-Handheld-Flashlight-435X27

I got one of these last year. Takes an 18650 OR 2, 123's.  Good light.

I'm over the novelty of a super bright light.  Other than spotlighting down the street, not very practical.  You kill your night vision if you're outdoors, half blind yourself in a confined space.  

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Let’s get this party started...........

 

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Reveiews to follow.

I live in the woods, far from any city, no light reflection off the clouds, it’s pitch black unless you’re in an open area with a clear sky with the moon light or stars shining.

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It seems to me that all these new flashlights have to blink, dim, bright, red, etc.. So you have to push the switch 3 times to get anywhere. Even the dang head lamps! Are some of these just on and off?

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19 minutes ago, Air450 said:

It seems to me that all these new flashlights have to blink, dim, bright, red, etc.. So you have to push the switch 3 times to get anywhere. Even the dang head lamps! Are some of these just on and off?

You hit one of my pet peaves about most new lights.

For most tasks I just want a light that will turn of and on.

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41 minutes ago, Air450 said:

It seems to me that all these new flashlights have to blink, dim, bright, red, etc.. So you have to push the switch 3 times to get anywhere. Even the dang head lamps! Are some of these just on and off?

TEN-TAP MODE

https://www.amazon.com/Maglite-ML300LX-3-Cell-Flashlight-Foliage/dp/B00S7W3GDQ/ref=pd_sbs_469_3/144-1264491-9249548?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00UCYDJ02&pd_rd_r=e3b5a2b6-73b4-11e9-a70e-fdfd69152f1b&pd_rd_w=PQeZw&pd_rd_wg=Jupif&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556eae5797d&pf_rd_r=XN3Z8Y76Y16X9JZYV8RY&refRID=XN3Z8Y76Y16X9JZYV8RY&th=1

Just set the program to what fits.

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1 hour ago, Romans9 said:

Let’s get this party started...........

Pass the batteries, please.

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10 hours ago, Kraut_n_Rice said:

It's been a while since we've had a flashlight thread...a long while..(Doug?..)

So, GD what have you found that is irresistible?

Awesome Chicom stuff?  

US marvels?

Conversions for the old school...maglights...(help, I have old D cell lights I'd hate to throw away..)

 

I know I have found my gems...if it isn't USB rechargeable, it isn't for me...

Steamlight micro USB

I can't say enough good about this little light.  It's the size of a chapstick, but bright as hell. Strap it to your ATC70 and run!   My work EDC.  USB rechargeable. !!  I honestly carry this next to  a full size 9" folder, clipped to my right pocket every day...like its not even there...hat clip too.

Streamlight Polytac

Another USB rechargeable light that will knock your doors off.  If it were 15 years ago you would ride back from Olds with it on the front of your buggy.  5" long.

Coast FL75R rechargeable, or runs on AAA.

What do you need more than a friend handing you beers during a midnight repair?  A head lamp, duh...you only have two hands.

 

And, go!....

 

Don't throw it away, just cut off the light end and put a plug in it and you have a water proof container. I use one in my side by side for registration and insurance papers. DON~~~

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I bought one in Utah a couple years ago and it has a charging cell in the handle so when camping I just leave it in the window and it stays charged when you need it. DON~~~

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First up the old dependable always faithful Maglite 2 and 3 d cell LED.

I have several of the old style led and the newer 3rd generation. They are all good lights and can’t be beat for the money. I keep them stored by every door in my house in the clips that Maglite sells. 

One word of caution, don’t use cheap batteries and change them out once a year. For some reason the Maglite seems a little more  susceptible to battery corrosion. I have had two that got overlooked for battery replacement and was ruined from the corrosion.    

Can’t go wrong buying a Maglite.

 

 

Next one: Maglite XL50.

These are a 3 cell AAA battery light with several modes, however one push of the tail cap button and they are on. Same aluminum watertight construction as their bigger brothers. These lights come with a carry sheath or with a clip. I often carry one in my pocket. One word of caution if you carry it in your pocket it’s easy to accidentally turn on with your keys if you keep them in the same pocket.

 

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Streamlight 4AA Pro polymer LED. Obviously polymer construction.

This is a great light simple one function on/off easy to use and a great task light. Battery life is comparable to any of the other lights of the same lumens. I have used this light for many years. Excellent value as well at around $30. 

 

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Streamlight ProTac 2AA

This is a decent light but seems to use more battery life than some others. It comes with a sheath and I carried it for a year or so but I like the next one I’ll show better as a carry light. I think this one is around $45. 

It is programmable but you can make it simple off/on if you so choose. 

 

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Streamlight JR. F-Stop

I carry this light on my belt daily. It is a spot or flood. Simple slide the reflector forward or backward for spot or flood. It has just the right amount of resistance that it doesn’t slide on its own but you can do it with one hand. Simple on/off tail cap switch that seems to be recessed enough that accidental operation isn’t a problem. This is a great buy for $35 with a belt sheath. I have carried this light for a year. High recommend it. It also has a clip you can use for carrying in your pocket.

 

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This is was an impulse buy off the SnapOn truck. It’s a decent light with a rubber coating to resist scratching for automotive use. It’s an LED 2 D cell battery light. I don’t remember what I paid for it but you can bet it was overpriced and they won’t be making it long enough to have parts to repair it but rather get you to buy another overpriced light that also isn’t as good as the much much much cheaper Made in USA Maglite counterpart. I don’t recommend at all.

 

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It does however have the logo to prove how cool you are when you hold it.

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This is one of the workhorses off my service truck: Streamlight Stinger LED rechargeable. It has two separate spare battery packs that can be charged by themselves in the charger at the same time the light itself is charging. I have used this light for several years. The battery packs are economically priced and seem to last for many charging cycles. This light has been dropped off many machines onto rocky surfaces and kept on working. It is a programmable light however unless you change it it default operates as a simple on/off and it doesn’t easily change frustrating while you use it. These lights have been around a long time and Streamlight offers parts and service for them. I deal with a local company that will give me warranty parts on the spot no questions asked. This is a professional industrial light.

Highly highly recommend. The kit including charger and extra battery pack is around $120 I believe.

My only complaint would be the charging points are a little finicky but there is an indicator light when proper connection is made.

 

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Next up the Streamlight  Knucklehead. This is a great task light. Industrial quality rechargeable very durable and tough. It has taken a beating and kept coming back for more. It has a magnet and a hanger. The magnet is incrediblely strong. The head rotates and flexes. This one is a flood light but they make it in spot as well, also in a non rechargeable. There is also a model that has a clip you can use off your shirt, vest or jacket. The charger base can be mounted with four screws and the ligh easily slides right into the charging base for storage with a positive lock and the charging ports have never gave me any problems with connection. It comes with 12v dc and 120 ac charger. It also has a battery adapter to use disposable  batteries if needed. I have an old one and a new one just in case I run over or loose it somewhere. I believe the rechargeable model is around $200 and the non rechargeable is about $70.

Excellent work light. Highly recommend it as well. 

 

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Next one: The LEDLENSER MT18.

If flashlights had billfolds this one would be the billfold that said “Bad Mother F#%$eR” on it.

This is a rechargeable 3000 lumens led spot or flood light. The reflector slides in and out to change from spot to flood.It will cast a beam all the way out 1/4 mile that you can use to see “objectives” clearly through. It’s the best hand held spotlight I’ve ever had and I’ve had most all the ready avaialbale ones on the market. This light is around $200 but if you need a spot light this will fill that position happily. I have used it for several hours on a charge.its rated for 5 hours on high but I’ve only used it about 3-1/2 so far. 

 

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Now a little about headlights:

I used a headlight often. I tried several and these are the two I found that have the longest battery life and are the most durable in the woods and on the job.

The first is the Black Diamond Storm. It has the best mix of bright light and long battery life for predator hunting. The battery compartment is easy to access and has easy battery placement which seemed to be an issue with some others I tried out. Plus the latch to secure the battery compartment is a positive type latch. I always keep one new one on hand in the event of losing it or  if one fails. These are around $45. This one is slightly heavier than the next one I’ll mention but it’s still fairly light. It has several modes but the operation is simple to use. Also the run time is very good.

 

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Last one. Princeton Tec Remix headlight. This is a very lightweight and very durable headlight. The power to weight ratio is like a two stroke. I tried all of the ready available consumer headlights and this model of the Princeton brand preformed the best as far as usable light and battery run time. It has several functions as well and in the medium range light setting seems to last forever. I use the AAA model but there is the same model but in a single 123 battery in the Pro version. The AAA is about $35 and the Pro around $60.

Highly recommend.

 

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Ok honorable mention here.

Another light I highly recommend is the Streamlight TRL1 Game Spotter. It is a rail mounted light that I use on my AR for predator hunting. It comes with a pressure switch as well as a monetary/on off switch. It has the green light which doesn’t seem to effect creatures at night. This is a very economical and durable light as well.  I believe it’s around $120 as well and it out performed some of my other much more expensive rail mounted lights with ease.

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1 hour ago, SofaKing said:

Pass the batteries, please.

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Oh you have the disease too I see...........

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I bought this light about a month ago for work.  I'm working on the new rams stadium and needed a light that was BRIGHT as hell but lightweight and rechargeable and small enough to carry in my safety vest pockets with out taking up much room.  Needed a beam that would be a little flood but light up the ceilings 30' away.   I'm SUPER Happy with this light.  no issues at all and does all of that I wanted.

I bought mine on eBay for about $56.00  no battery or charger.  I already had those.

https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-rechargeable-Rechargeable-3500mAh-EdisonBright/dp/B07CDQKD1D/ref=sr_1_7?crid=32OG0P8F41F97&keywords=fenix+pd35+v2.0+flashlight&qid=1557597840&s=gateway&sprefix=fenix+pd35%2Caps%2C250&sr=8-7

 

my ebay purchase.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fenix-PD35-V2-0-2018-Edition-1000-Lumen-CREE-LED-Tactical-Flashlight-BRAND-NEW/173854346418?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

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D batteries in my old maglites seem to last forever.  I have had one issue in 20 years.  I keep one in my truck just for skulls and no leaky batteries even with summer heat.

I use lithium AA and AAA batteries for my smaller lights.

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Guys, I'm sorry, I can't contribute. Y'all will think I'm crazy. I will say thus far, I have about 300% more lights than ALL the lights in this thread combined. 

I have serious issues. 

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7 minutes ago, Ocotillo Boy said:

Guys, I'm sorry, I can't contribute. Y'all will think I'm crazy. I will say thus far, I have about 300% more lights than ALL the lights in this thread combined. 

I have serious issues. 

It’s ok embrace it.

 

My sons helped relieve me of many when they moved out, along with my knife sickness........

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1 hour ago, Ocotillo Boy said:

Guys, I'm sorry, I can't contribute. Y'all will think I'm crazy. I will say thus far, I have about 300% more lights than ALL the lights in this thread combined. 

I have serious issues. 

we know 

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I have a 3 cell and a 4 cell Maglite I converted to LED. I've got a 4 cell LED Chinese knockoff that seems to work just as well.

I've got a few smaller ones that use 18650 batteries. None of them are top of the line or expensive, just solid LED lights that shine for a long time, the 18650 holds a lot of power. I have a couple of Petzl headlamps that are 320 lumens on high. I think they were overpriced at $29 ea. Right after that I bought a couple of Supfire headlamps that are about the same size but slightly lighter and use a 1200 mah rechargeable Lipo battery, you just charge it via USB. They're 300 lumens on low and 500 lumens on high. For only $14 ea, I think they were a much better value.

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Who needs light?

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1 hour ago, I'm Sorry said:

we know 

I strive to be like you. One day if I keep working at it.

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4 hours ago, Ocotillo Boy said:

Guys, I'm sorry, I can't contribute. Y'all will think I'm crazy. I will say thus far, I have about 300% more lights than ALL the lights in this thread combined. 

I only posted up the lights my wife keeps in her kitchen.......................

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